• Code breaker: Excerpts from Bill Graham’s memoirs “I was introduced to the English education system. I recall going for half days, as half the schools were in use as hospitals for the victims of that most brutal and senseless war. My early years bring many memories of seemingly endless processions of blind, legless and armless men. Although I was too young to […]
  • Burlington’s WWII code breaker     By Jon Wells, The Hamilton Spectator “My pals arrived at a unanimous decision that if I was going into Intelligence, the bloody war would last forever.” — Bill Graham Years ago, folks wondered what the story was behind the man who lived in the tiny brick house on Wickens Avenue. Burlington’s Bill Graham […]
  • Flashback: Chedoke Winter Sports Park It would have taken $3 million to upgrade the ski hill and lift equipment, and it was costing more than $250,000 a year to run the place, so the city closed the Chedoke Winter Sports Park in 2003, ending 40 years at what was once called  “Hamilton’s own Sun Valley.” Unlike the current Hamilton controversy […]
  • Flashback – Pool Days There’s been backlash in the last few weeks over the city’s plan to demolish Hamilton’s iconic pool.  Built for the first British Empire Games, held in Hamilton in 1930, it was named after “Mr. Swimming,” its beloved swim director, in the 1960s.  (Another story here) Generations of children have learned to swim there and tens […]
  • Flashback: Hamilton Transit With all the discussion about provincial funding for LRT this week, we’re taking a look back at how far transit has come in Hamilton. All the images are from The Spec archives. Did you travel on any of these? Related Stories: Wynne avoids saying LRT Mayor says Hamilton has Ontario transit support
  • Flashback: Storm of ’44 Hamiltonians in 1944 would barely consider this year’s season a winter. They got walloped with a pre-Christmas storm that dropped 62.5 centimetres of snow between late afternoon Dec. 11 and noon the next day. Drifts were two to three metres high. That’s about the same amount of snow expected for a megastorm predicted for New […]
  • Flashback: Spectator garage The garage at the former Spectator building downtown at the corner of Catharine and King William streets in the summer of 1959 (above) trumpeted the newspaper as the “Sportsman’s Choice”. How it looks today in 2015 (below).